Rolando Caputo's early research focused on formal analysis of narrative codes of storytelling, particularly in relationship to voice-over narration in stories structured around flashback sequences. This soon developed into an interest in avant-garde and experimental cinema, and was complimented in a practical form through him making a series of short 'free-form' films which were screened at a range of local and international festivals and forums, such as the Berlin and Melbourne film festivals. More lately, one of his key areas of teaching and research has been the traditions of European modernist narrative cinema. In this light he has contributed numerous scholarly audio commentaries and monograph essays to DVD releases of such canonical modernist works as Jean-Luc Godard's Band aparte and Michelangelo Antonioni's The Red Desert and La Notte, and the early films by R.W. Fassbinder. In 2005 he was appointed as an editor of the internationally acclaimed web journal Senses of Cinema.